When you visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum you’ll learn about the hair-raising antics of the pioneers of flight, whose moxie made air and space travel possible. The museum is divided into several galleries, each emphasizing the contributions San Diego has made to aviation. The galleries include the Theodore Gildred Rotunda, SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure, World War I, Golden Age of Flight, World War II, Modern Jet & Space Age, and the Edwin D. McKellar Pavilion of Flight.
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Be sure to visit these special exhibits at the San Diego Air & Space Museum:
SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure, a new educational, interactive, one-of-a-kind – and most important of all FUN! — special exhibition exploring mankind’s quest for the stars and how space exploration impacts our daily lives. With hand’s-on learning experiences, selfie stations on the Moon, Mars and the International Space Station, and informative videos and smart touch screens – SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure is an immersive experience for explorers of all ages. See the actual Apollo 9 Command Module “Gumdrop,” as well as examples of Mercury and Gemini space capsules and a complete Apollo Command Service Module. Want to land the Space Shuttle or dock it with the International Space Station? Sit in a Mercury capsule? Take a selfie in a Mars space suit or see a life-size Mars rover? Take your photo on the Moon next to an Apollo astronaut? Then SPACE: Our Greatest Adventure is for you.
American Women of Flight honors the contributions to the world of aviation by women. Notable aviatrixes, such as Bessie Coleman, Jacqueline Cochran, Fran Bera, Sally Ride, and many others are featured.
Atlas Rocket Exhibit: The Museum is proud to showcase an exciting exhibit telling the story of the Atlas rocket series from the late 1950s to the present. Both graphics and videos detail the history of the project. Describing its role in the space race, the manned Mercury orbital missions, its effect on the San Diego area. Finally its enormous successes in helping launch many space projects. Benefiting mankind in general along with lessons in rocketry and guidance.
Kids Aviation Action Hangar: This special “kids only” area has an abundance of attractions for kids of all ages. Preschoolers can enjoy magnetic toys and aviation coloring books,plus a dry erase board where they are able to sketch out their favorite airplane! Even pedal planes to whisk them around our kid-size airport. Grade school age aviators will thrill at the “U-Fly-It” machine. A flight simulator experience in a real wind tunnel atmosphere. They’ll also enjoy a romp in our simulated moon’s surface.
Time for lunch? Head over to the Flight Path Grill, which in addition to serving great food, also offers one of the most unique views of downtown San Diego. Public transit bus route 7.